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Lymania smithii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Bromelioideae
Genus: Lymania

Lymania (named for Lyman Bradford Smith, American botanist)[1] is a genus of the botanical family Bromeliaceae, subfamily Bromelioideae. The genus was established in 1984 to "unite furrowed or winged species from Aechmea subgenera Lamprococcus, Araeococcus and Ronnbergia.".[2]

Lymania is a group of plants endemic to the Bahian coast of the Brazilian rainforest. Modern DNA analysis has confirmed that Lymania is correctly classified as an independent genus containing two distinct clades.[3]


  1. Lymania alvimii (L.B. Smith & R.W. Read) R.W. Read
  2. Lymania azurea Leme
  3. Lymania brachycaulis (E. Morren ex Baker) L.O.F. de Sousa
  4. Lymania corallina (Brongniart ex Beer) R.W. Read
  5. Lymania globosa Leme
  6. Lymania languida Leme
  7. Lymania marantoides (L.B. Smith) R.W. Read
  8. Lymania smithii R.W. Read
  9. Lymania spiculata Leme & Forzza


  1. ^ Bromeliad Info - Genera Etymology
  2. ^ Sousa et al. 2004. Is the genus Lymania (Bromeliaceae) monophyletyc? Phylogenetic analyses of morphology, molecular and combined data. Presentation, Botany 2004 conference. Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  3. ^ Sousa et al. 2006. Monophyly and Phylogenetic Relationships in Lymania (Bromeliaceae: Bromelioideae) Based on Morphology and Chloroplast DNA Sequences. Presentation, Botany 2006 conference, Chico, California, USA

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